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ZSF supports medically challenged persons with N32.4m

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Prince Sulayman Olagunju (right) presenting the N6 million chegue to Mrs Muhammed. With them are Ramadan and Zakat & Sadaqat Foundation (ZSF) Operation Manager Mr. Ahmad Ma’aruf<br />

A humanitarian organisation, the Zakat and Sadakat Foundation (ZSF) has begun this year’s zakat distribution.

The foundation has settled the medical bills of 53 medically challenged persons, with N32.4 million.

The Executive Director of ZSF, Prince Sulayman Olagunju during the disbursement said the focus of this year’s Zakat (Charity) distribution is geared towards restoring hope to many patients that have lost hope in regaining their health and becoming productive members of our society.

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“We are going to assist so many applicants to set up and run their own small scale businesses, the petty traders and artisans are not also left out. “About ten different communities will benefit from our free water projects and many health centres shall be equipped with essential needs as part of our community development projects initiatives. “I have no doubt that all the successful beneficiaries of this year’s zakat will be praying for the zakat payers for helping them to overcome their challenges.”

According to him, beneficiaries were selected among numerous individuals, religious bodies, health centres, communities and humanitarian organizations that applied for this year’s zakat across the country. “In line with our tradition to give priority to the applicants with medical challenges, we are commencing this year’s zakat disbursement with the total sum of N32,365,000 to just 53 lucky applicants out of several applications received.

“We sincerely feel the pains of those we could not consider after undergoing series of screening exercise for lack of enough fund, we pray Allah opens His door of mercy for them.

“The next batches of disbursements after today, are for the successful applicants in the South-East and South-South region of the country, after which we move to the North Central. While the last batch of this year’s distribution is for applicants in the South-West of the country, which includes Lagos State.”

He expressed appreciation to all the zakat payers and appealed for more donations to enable the foundation expand its charity to cover more applicants.

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Five-year-old hearing-impaired boy Ramadan Muhammed was the biggest beneficiary as his mother, Mrs Aminat Muhammed, received N6 million cheque from the foundation.

Mrs Muhammed said Ramadan’s both hear are impaired and the doctor said he needs N12 million to fix them.

“We detected the disorder when he was two years old. When I realized that, I took him to the hospital and the doctor said, he would have to undergo surgery to correct the disorder and the sum of N12 million would be required for the surgery,” she said.

She thanked Zakat payers for the gesture.

“I am very grateful to Allah and ZSF for giving me N6 million out of the N12 million needed for the surgery. I pray to Allah to be pleased with Zakat payers for removing the burden from my son,” she said.

Miss Ganiyat Sanni, a kidney failure patient lying critically ill at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) got N2.5 million.

Her mother, Mrs Afusat Sanni said she needs N8 million for a transplant.

She was shedding tears while recounting her daughter’s ordeal that started in 2014. Some of the people who came for assistance could not hold their emotion as they listened to Mrs Sanni – they cried.

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Mrs Sanni said she’s donating one of her kidneys to her daughter, saying: “I was advised to donate my kidney for her with a treatment cost of N8.5 million. I have raised N3.5 million before coming here. With this cheque, it remains N2.5 million to complete the cost of the surgery. Nigerians should assist to save the life of my daughter with the remaining N2.5 million. I don’t want her to die.

“She is supposed to be writing the current Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) but she couldn’t due to her health condition. Right now, I just received a call from LASUTH that she needs blood transfusion urgently. Please save my daughter from dying.”

Muftaudeen Ajibawo, a professional tailor with hip disorder. He needs the sum of 3 Million Naira to undergo a surgery to correct the disorder. ZSF gave him 1.5 Million out of the 3 Million required.

Ajibayo lamented about his predicament, saying, he can’t walk properly due to the disorder making it difficult to work effectively when sewing cloth.

“My consultant at National Orthopedic Hospital, Igbobi said I need the sum of 3 Million Naira for the surgery which I don’t have a dine. I am very grateful to ZSF for giving me half of the total cost, I urged kindhearted Nigerians to help me with the remaining balance of 1.5 Million.”

Among the beneficiaries is also 7-month-old Balogun Kamorudeen. He has a hole in his hearth, cataract in his eyes and hearing problem.

The mother of the baby, Mrs. Rukayat Balogun said the ailments were discovered when he was 3 month old and the sum of 3.5 Million was demanded for the surgery. “I was only able raise #200,000.00.out of the 3.5 million requested for the surgery. I am overwhelmed when ZSF gave me additional 1.5 Million. I pray to Almighty Allah to ease their affairs as they ease mine.”

She called on kindhearted Nigerians to assist the little boy in cash and kind to raise the balance fee of 1.3 Million for the operation.


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